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Aug 31, 2013 1:30pm PDT
intelligence and security analyst bob bear is in colorado, and dana bash who has been doing fantastic reporting is live for us in washington. bit oba president obama started about the nature of the chemical attack in syria. listen to what he sglad taid. >> ten days ago the world watched in horror as men, women, and children were massacred in syria in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century. yesterday the united states presented a powerful case that the syrian government was responsible for this attack on its own people. our intelligence shows the assad regime and its force preparing to use chemical weapons, launching rockets in the highly populated suburbs of damascus, and acknowledging that a chemical weapons attack took place. all of this corroborates what the world can plainly see. hospitals overflowing with victims, terrible images of the dead, all told, well over 1,000 people were murdered. several hundred of them were children. young girls and boys gassed to death by their own government. >> general short, i'm wondering if i can start with you here. the president focusing on
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Aug 10, 2013 11:00am PDT
listening? dana bash is cnn's chief congressional correspondent, a reporter in the worldwide reporting hall of fame. dana, the senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill. it stalled in the house right now. here's what senator chuck schumer said on cnn's "new day." >> we would much prefer a big comprehensive bill but any way that the house can get there is okay by us. i actually am optimistic that we'll get this done. >> he's now talking about the possibility of supporting a piecemeal approach. it seemed like a marker of sorts. how do you see this shaking out? >> it was a marker. certainly that's the way it's being perceived by house republican sources that i have spoken to about that. the only catch is that he's putting out an olive branch saying if republicans want to pass immigration in the process of splitting it up in smaller bills, that's fine. he's moving away from his idea of comprehensive immigration reform. here's the but. what they are not going to go for in the senate, these people who support comprehensive reform, is saying we'll pass border security bill now and in a
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Aug 31, 2013 3:00pm PDT
of the united states. >> joining me from washington. cnn senior white house correspondent jim acosta and dana bash and barbara starr. da dana i'm going to start with you. how much do you think pressure had on the president's decision? what has it pure politics here too? >> there's no question it was a significant factor, not the only factor. it's impossible to say that because there's so many weighing on the president's decision. not the least of which what is happening on the international level but my understanding in talking to several senators who are on phone calls and briefings over the past few days with top obama officials is that the pressure really was mounting. not just from republicans and not just from aennti-war libera democrats from saying you have to come to congress. if this is not something that's dire and if it were, the strikes would have happened 24, 48 hours ago, you have to come to congress and get authority from us. that absolutely was a factor. the question is whether or not the president is going to regret this decision because if he doesn't get the votes in the hous
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Aug 29, 2013 4:00pm PDT
. will the administration be able to win enough support? our chief congressional correspondent dana bash is in washington. hi, dana. i know you have been working your sources all day. it looks from here like the mood in washington really seems to reflect the mood around the country right now on syria, it's conflicted. so, what are you learning right now? >> reporter: that's right, hi, jess. i should tell you that the conference call should be wrapping up right about now and i'm hoping to get a read on what the top lawmakers were told and whether their questions were answered. but, yes, you're right, the mood among members of congress i would say is beyond ambivalence, it's really frustration, 150-plus law make enks are demanding that the president come to congress for authorization before any military action. that's a big partisanship group but it's a lot of anti-war and anti-interventionist congressmen. and the problem for the administration is even some lawmakers who i've spoken with who are natural allies with the obama administration at holding syria accountable have trouble supporting him because th
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Aug 25, 2013 9:00am PDT
. "state of the union" with candy crowley begins right now. >>> i'm dana bash in for candy crowley with breaking news we're following out of syria. a u.s. official tells cnn there's very little doubt that the assad government used chemical weapons against civilians. syria's government today said it will allow u.n. weapons inspectors to investigate the site where the alleged attack occurred on wednesday. the syrian government denies responsibility and is blaming rebels for the attack that reportedly killed 1300 people. now the incident is testing already-frayed relations between the united states and russia, which is warning the u.s. not to jump to conclusions about the syrian government. meanwhile, the pentagon has prepositioned four warships armed with cruise missiles in the region. joining me now is cnn's pentagon correspondent, chris lawrence, and cnn international correspondent, phil black live in moscow and cnn's fred platkin in damascus. fred, to you first. >> hi, dana. i had an interview earlier today with the deputy foreign minister of syria, who told me that the u.n. weapo
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Aug 25, 2013 6:00am PDT
>> it's been so night hanging out with you, state of the union starts now. >>> i'm dana bash in for candy crowley and this is state of the union. >>> today a texas lightning rod. >> if we see a grass roots tsunami, that is going to be cause republicans and democrats to listen to the people. senator ted cruz on why he hopes the wave that carried him into the senate is still strong enough to wash away obamacare. and jim demint and former governor howard dean. >> i think we're going to have another constitutional crisis in terms of the presidency. >>> plus the 50th anniversary of the march on washington. we start with breaking news out of syria this morning. the syrian government has reached an agreement with the united nations to allow inspectors full access to any site of any purported chemical weapons attack. syria's deputy foreign minister says -- the pentagon has prepositioned four warships with armed cruise missiles pore the region. chris, this is big news, this is why obviously inspectors got there, they want to get to the bottom of what really happened. think they can no
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Aug 30, 2013 2:00am PDT
for a massive chemical attack. here is dana bash. >> reporter: top officials insisted on a thursday night conference call, they have no doubt the assad regime in syria is behind deadly attacks there. secretaries of defense, states and others back that up that the u.s. intercepted communications from a high-level syrian official that indicates they were responsible for the weapons. though obama officials insisted no decisions have been made on military action against syria, cnn is told they privately made clear to lawmakers chemical weapons is such a threat, the u.s. could engage with or without support from allies like great britain. bob corker emerged from briefings thursday announcing support for surgical, proportional military strikes given the evidence of their continues use of chemical warfare. bob menendez reaffirmed his support says a u.s. response is justified and warranted. others argue the president still has to come before congress and the american people before he acts. >> it's toup the president to sell this to the american people. >> dana bash, cnn, washington. >>> we have f
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Aug 29, 2013 6:00am PDT
to be talking to dana bash our chief congressional correspondent who knows everything about congress. we'll ask her about all of this and it possible that congress may be called back from vacation? is it worth it? we'll pose those questions to dana bash. also coming up at 10:00 a.m. eastern, michael crowley from "time" magazine will talk about president obama and his changing stance on waging war or taking military action. should be very interesting. we'll be right back. when we made our commitment to the gulf, bp had two big goals: help the gulf recover and learn from what happened so we could be a better, safer energy company. i can tell you - safety is at the heart of everything we do. we've added cutting-edge technology, like a new deepwater well cap and a state-of-the-art monitoring center, where experts watch over all drilling activity twenty-four-seven. and we're sharing what we've learned, so we can all produce energy more safely. our commitment has never been stronger. ( bell rings ) they remwish i saw mine of my granmore often, but they live so far away. i've been thinking about movin
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Aug 30, 2013 6:00am PDT
congressional correspondent dana bash joins us from our washington bureau with more on that side of the story. good morning. >> good morning, carol. two members of congress who have been demanding consultation and input on the administration strategy on syria and they also want evidence that the military action, if it is used, would be justified. >> cnn has told top obama officials insisted to lawmakers on a thursday night conference call they have no doubt assad's regime was behind deadly chemical attacks there. revealing to lawmakers that the u.s. intercepted communications from a high-level syrian official which clearly indicates they were responsible for these. the half hour into telephone briefing began moments after british parliament struck at least a short-term blow to u.s. hopes of a coalition defeating a measure authorizing force against syria. though, obama officials insisted no decisions have been made on military action against syria. cnn is also told they privately made clear to lawmakers that chemical weapons in syria is such a threat, the u.s. could engage with or without supp
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Aug 1, 2013 2:00am PDT
's dana bash. >> reporter: only few months ago you couldn't turn on the tv without seeing john mccain railing against president obama. >> this president and this administration has either been guilty of colossal imcompetence or engaged in a cover-up. >> reporter: but now, a 180. >> i think there is a more of a desire to work together. >> reporter: suddenly mccain is obama's go-to guy to get things done on immigration, striking a deal allowing confirmation of half a dozen of obama's nominees and now heading to egypt with republican lindsay graham at the president's request. >> we have relationships with many of people in egypt because of our past encounters. >> reporter: back when they were rival for president, it was hard to imagine that obama/mccain -- >> who is the real barack obama? i gue i. >> reporter: in 2008, did you ever think that you would be president obama's republican deal maker? >> no. look, i worked on a lot of issues with president clinton. as well as the republican presidents. so, it's not as if i haven't done this before. >> reporter: he certainly has. it's how m
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Aug 7, 2013 1:00pm PDT
and the federal election economics. dana bash is breaking this news. he joins us with the details. dana, this news was prompted by something you reported earlier this week. >> that's right, we reported earlier this week about an e-mail that came from an investigator, to lois lerner, asking about a conservative group. the vice chairman of the said it races questions about whether there was inappropriate contact between the two agencies. darrell issa at this point is expanding his investigation. he announced today, at least he did so in a her to the head of the fec. cnn otained the her. what he is asking the fec is to do is turn over records with the irs. it raises, quote, the prospect of inappropriate coordination about tax-exempt entities. among the thing he's demanding is all communications between the irs and the if. ec dating back to 2008. i should underscore the republican fec commissioner i talked to, heunder scored that he is not sure that anyone nefarious or sinister was going on, but it should be investigated. and now it is. >> there's a lot of acronyms. >> alphabet soup. >> the original c
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Aug 22, 2013 1:00pm PDT
complete sense right now. >> oh come on, dana, i said all the same thing during my campaign. >> i'm teasing you, you were always sensible. >> that's not what we're hearing on the hills. al gore was maybe hyperbolic about the alcoholics. international conference, they can't agree on bicycle sharing. we're not going to get anywhere on that. >> marco rubio is headed to hollywood for a fund-raiser. a meeting with facebook founder mark zuckerberg. i think a lot of people hear marco rubio is going to beverly hills to raise money, isn't that liberal democratic -- >> not necessarily so. he's likely going to be running for president in 2016 and he's going to need money to do it. >> day and >> dana, rubio was one of the first tea party crowds -- >> i'm sure the beverly hills tea party is ecstatic about this. >> that's actually a tea party, really old rich ladies drinking tea. >> let's watch our stereotypes here, guys. >> hen whthen what would we tal about? >> what's happening is important. marco rubio, they're basically hanging him in effigy. literally at a rally i went to, it's like he's president o
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Aug 29, 2013 11:00am PDT
be, are not up for debate. cnn's dana bash, our chief congressional correspondent, joins me now. when you look at history, dana, it shows that presidents -- just a reminder. u i any you know this. presidents can launch military action without approval from congress. grenada, '83. pan na, '89. iraq, '91. haiti, '94. kosovo, '99. why a briefing in a couple of hours, dana bash? >> reporter: in short, politics. members of congress, even natural allies of president obama have been demanding coordination. tonight 6:00 p.m. this evening secretaries of state and defense and others will hold a conference call with president obama and other key committee heads to discuss the nation's posture on syria. what's interesting is that lawmakers are not here. they are still back in their states, in their districts on congressional recess. since they're all over the country, some will be on their cell phones. it is not going to be a secure line. meaning it can't be classified. it's going to be an unclassified conversation. one source who's going to be on the call who i talked to kind of rolled his eyes
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Aug 2, 2013 2:00pm PDT
. let's brang in our chief congressional correspondent dana bash. dana, you just heard jim talk about the vice president of the united states. he goes up to capitol hill and he briefs the leadership, the leadership of the house and i guess the senate, the top people there, including the key members of the intelligence committees. >> i talked to a source who said this is where they were first told by the vice president of the united states and some senior state department officials about this threat which the source who i talked to said was incredibly significant. it was clear from the get-go this was going to be something that caused a lot of concern. i talked to other congressional sources briefed through other avenues and venues who say that this is something that the administration clearly needed to do. you heard jill talk about the fact that this is so sweeping in part because they want to make sure they don't get caught flat-footed like they did in benghazi on 9/11 last year. even republican sources who i talked to say that this is absolutely the right thing to do, appropriate re
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Aug 28, 2013 2:00pm PDT
targets in syria. our chief congressional correspondent dana bash is joining us on the phone. i've got through this letter. i know you have as well. he's raising all sorts of questions, this speaker. >> reporter: all sorts of questions, very specific questions about not just what kind of military action might the administration use, but more specifically what kind of information would they be basing this on, with regard to chemical weapons. what's very interesting about this letter is a couple things, first of all, the speaker make pretty clear that he agrees with the administration that syria is a very important area in national securitywise, and that he supports being aggressive with regard to potential for chemical weapons. he also says this -- i respectfully request that you as the country's commander in chief personally make the indication to the american people and congress for how potential military action will security american national security, and he goes on to say preserve america's credibility and deter the future use of chemical weapons. what he's trying to do here is kin
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Aug 31, 2013 12:00pm PDT
. jim acosta is covering events for us at the white house while dana bash is in our washington bureau. and, jim, the timing of this decision simply fascinating and based on what you're hearing, really last minute. >> very much so, john. this was a very dramatic development that took place here at the white house yesterday after his administration was essentially moving in the direction of eminent military action, perhaps as soon as this weekend. the president made a different decision. at 7:00 last night he really made a last-minute decision to slow down, buy himself some time, and seek authorization from congress. according to senior administration officials who explained how all of this played out to a group of reporters, within the last hour, it sort of takes a little bit of time to explain but it's worth listening to. at first the story first starts, according to the senior administration officials, that this option of seeking directional approval was not really talked about among his top advisers. it was something just just really kicking around inside the president's head, accor
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Aug 9, 2013 7:00pm PDT
strings. >> a lot to talk about with david gergen, chief white house correspondent jessica yellin and dana bash. jessica, we heard the president make this a promise that it's going to become more transparent. he says it was already happening before the snowden leaks. but is that really realistic? >> well, as you point out, wolf, he did say that he wanted more transparency back in may. he said that. that was right before edward snowden's first leak was in june. so his assertion is that the snowden leaks just sped up a process that was going to happen any way. well, we also have to take a bigger look at the big picture, which is did snowden actually lead to these new safeguards he put in place? we know that two democratic senators have been calling for more transparency and even reforms for more than a year now. sn when the head of the intelligence community went before congress, he's admitted now that he was less than truthful in talking about them. so that was all before snowden. would this have happened without snowden? we can't know, the train has left the station, but it does seem to ha
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Aug 31, 2013 2:00pm PDT
congressional correspondent dana bash. dana, you have new information, as well. >> we've been talking about the fact that senators mccain, john mccain and lindsey graham released a statement, pretty hard-hitting statement, saying that they're very concerned about action being limited, as barbara was just talking about. i just got off the phone with senator graham to try to clarify if this means that he would actually vote against authorization if it would just authorize limited military force. what he told me is that they would only get his vote if, never mind how the authorization resolution was written, but if they -- in addition to that, gave him and other members of congress very clear timeline, explanation of what they blplano do afterwards, he and senator mccain has been focused on trying to train and harm rebels who are trustworthy in that area. he wants to have very clear information about that and if he doesn't, it will be hard for him to vote yes. why is this important? because he and mccain have been perhaps the most aggressive ong saying there needs to be action. he told me in a
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Aug 30, 2013 3:00am PDT
to cover every angel of it beginning with dana >>> top obama officials insisted to lawmakers on the thursday night conference call they have no doubt ba sar assad's regime in syria was behind deadly chemical attacks there. secretaries of state, defense and others backed that up by revealing to lawmakers that the u.s. intercepted communications from a high level syrian official, which clearly indicates they were responsible for these weapons, that according to congressman el yol engel who participated in the call. though obama insists no decisions have been made, cnn is also told they privately made clear to lawmakers that chemical weapons in syria is such a threat the u.s. could engage with or without support from great britain. bob corker emerged from briefings thursday announcing support for surgical proportional military strikes, given the evidence of continued use of chemical warfare. bob menendez reaffirmed his support saying a decisive and consequential u.s. response is justified and warranted. . others argued the president still has to come before congress and the amer
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Aug 31, 2013 8:00am PDT
. this came during a meeting with a delegation of syrian expatriates. dana bash is joining us on the phone. we know there have been some conference calls between the white house and republicans and democrats. what are you hearing? >> that's right. they're going to take place our understanding is in a couple hours with at least on the senate side with republicans and democrats, but we also just learned that tomorrow, that's sunday, the white house is offering or at least administration officials are offering to come to capitol hill on a sunday to offer a classified briefing on the intelligence that the u.s. has on syria's chemical weapons to any and all members who are in town. sunday is labor day weekend. unclear how many will be able to make it in but it's significant for several reasons. one is that members of congress have been real chomping at the bit to get, understandably, to get information in a classified way that makes them feel comfortable that any kind of military strikes would be justified, but also this is just tea leaf reading here, it might be questionable whether or not they wo
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Aug 9, 2013 5:00pm PDT
, as opposed to the nsa surveillance program. dana, what is the reaction on capitol hill? i know the lawmakers are in recess, on vacation, the president is going on vacation tomorrow but we saw what speaker bayner said, suggesting the president was concerned about saving face than defending the programs. >> that's right. look, i mean, this is kind of the one issue or few issues, i should say where republicans are supportive of the president. this nsa program they say has been helpful and they have been kind of his biggest cheerleaders on this while the democrats, many of the democrats, as jessica was just talking to, leading liberal democratic senators have been maybe the most vocal in terms of criticism. this changed that a little bit. but one thing i would say about peter king, one of the lawmakers you were talking about, he said the president is on an apology tour. that illustrates the flight within the republican party because peter king, as you know is making noise about being president and he's trying to push the wing of the republican party that is more hockish against those on the repu
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Aug 25, 2013 8:00am PDT
sunday at 11:00 a.m. eastern. "state of the union" with candy crowley begins right now. >>> i'm dana bash in for candy crowley with breaking news we're following out of syria. a u.s. official tells cnn there's very little doubt that the assad government used chemical weapons against civilians. syria's government today said it will allow u.n. weapons inspectors to investigate the site where the alleged attack occurred on wednesday. the syrian government denies responsibility and is blaming rebels for the attack that reportedly kd
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Aug 9, 2013 11:00am PDT
's go to capitol hill. dana bash is standing by. even before the president has spoken, tan ndana, some republi already starting with some preemptive reaction, shall we call it. >> reporter: that's right. it's going on so far in private in conversations that i've had with some republicans here on capitol hill. the nsa surveillance program is one of the few areas where you've actually seen republicans agree with the president. think that this program is the right thing to do for american security. so expect republicans to say that they're concerned about what jessica reported, widening the transparency of this program. because they say the problem isn't the program, it's the way the president has communicated about it or maybe the better way to say it, has not communicated about it. i think you're going to see some criticism, maybe skepticism on the republican side. the whole question, though, is what democrats are going to do. because they have been probably the most vocal critics of this program. particularly those on the left. you have senators like mark udall of colorado. i just spok
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Aug 29, 2013 2:00pm PDT
's begin, though, with your chief congressional correspondent, dana bash. she has details of the syria conference call with members of conference -- members of congress going on right now. da dana, what do we know? >> we know that it has begun and this is good news for lawmakers, who have been really asking the obama administration for more information, was we have pretty heavy hitters, the secretaries of defense and state, as you said. other officials, talking to congressional leaders and key committee heads of both parties. that's the good news for them. the bad news for these lawmakers is that obama officials are going to be limited in what they can say, because they're going to be talking, or are as we speak, on a phone line that is not secure. so what that means is that they're going to be able to discuss only unclassified information. and that could rule out what many of these lawmakers really want to know. what the intelligence the administration has the to back claims about assad using chemical weapons, not to mention military options for strikes against the syrian regime. that
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Aug 28, 2013 1:00pm PDT
, again the only television reporter currently there. we are lucky to have him there. >>> dana bash reporters that the intelligence report on sir yaw was delivered to key members of congress yet. we are still waiting for a public release, so the question is how close is the u.s. at taking military action in syria, and how will syrian presidnt assad respond. let's bring in andrew tabler, an expert on syria and the assad family, a senior fellow at the washington institute. in new york, chris tore harmer, the senior naval analyst at the institution for the study of war. he thorred a study last might that surgical strikes could de -- at a relatively small cost, but says using the air strikes is counterproductive. chris, i want to start with you. i want to read a quote from "los angeles times" today. one u.s. official who as briefed on the options on syria said he bled the white house would seek a level of intense legitimate just muscular numb not to be mocked, but not so devastating -- you're looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than sim bo bowlic, he
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Aug 31, 2013 10:00am PDT
the president, but i want to bring in dana bash right now. there's a series of briefings being laid out by the administration. declassified briefings over the phone. and classified briefings tomorrow for those members who are in washington. say most members are back in their districts or traveling or some place else during this labor day weekend, congress is not in session. do we anticipate many members coming back to washington tomorrow to have access to that classified information? >> i believe that that is entirely possible, but before we talk about the briefings, i wanted to give you a little bit of news and that is you know, we've seen a series of statements from members of congress on their view on what the president should and shouldn't do. we wrus got a statement from senator john cornyn, republican of texas, the number two republican in the united states senate who is now calling on the president to bring congress back into session and ask for a vote on authorization to use force before any military action is taken in syria. now, we've seen calls like this from many members of
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Aug 25, 2013 3:00am PDT
correspondent dana bash, she is in washington. obviously this move is very heavy with implications because it goes to the heart of the question who was responsible for the chemical weapons attacks. >> that's exactly right. and even more basic is did the chemical weapons attack actually happen? we have that report from the outside government and from groups who were there, but this is very, very important. because part of the problem and the pickle of that president obama and his administration is in right now is that you have finger pointing, you have the syrian rebels saying that the syrian government did it and the syrian government is saying that the rebels did it. so we have the u.n. there trying to figure out what happened. this could make life easier or depending on what they find a lot harder for the president to figure out policy which he has had some criticism about because the president has said he's just been too quiet and to tend tiff about it. >> the idea that chemical weapons were used with death tolls of up to 1,300 dead according to to the rebels. if in fact true, this woul
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Aug 30, 2013 11:00am PDT
to washington to our chief congressional correspondent, dana bash for more on what members of congress -- i know it's quiet in some parts of washington because many members of congress are still away on recess. we know that they were briefed via teleconference in that unsecure line so it wasn't classified, per se, last night. they've been speaking, i'm sure, with the administration today. what are you hearing? >> reporter: that's exactly right. i think a lot of what is going on as we speak is box checking by the administration. making sure that they speak to the key committees. last night what happened was secretary kerry, hagel and others spoke to the chair apd ranking members as well as the leadership in both bodies of congress. right now maybe even as we speak, there is a series of calls going from the national security council to the actual rank and file members of some of those key committees. so they are effectively, for lack of a better way to say, giving them a little love which members of congress always want from any administration, but especially as we've heard very loudly from some o
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Aug 30, 2013 2:00pm PDT
analyst gloria borger and chief congressional correspondent dana bash. the president hasn't made a final decision but everyone knows he has decided he is going to go ahead and launch some sort of strike against targets in syria. >> at this point it's not if but when. i think when you hear the president speak that way, it's clear he's got a lot of options on the table and maybe he was still deciding about a particular option, but i think you would have to assume given the fact that what we saw today was pretty much of a roll-out, first from the secretary and then the president himself. there was a background briefing for journalists with senior administration officials talking about the evidence on chemical weapons. they're clearly making their case. now the issue has been decided in great britain. they made a point of saying that they've got france and turkey with them. so i think what we're seeing is the beginning of the explanation of why they're going to go in -- >> they may have france and turkey's verbal support but i don't see any military hardware other than u.s. military hardware
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Aug 1, 2013 3:00am PDT
. >> all right, dana, i have a feeling many updates for you throughout the morning. we'll check back in. >>> joining us now with reaction and sort of deep thoughts on this breaking news, dan rather and anchoring manager, thanks for bringing some breaking news to us. i'm just kidding. >> i'd love to take credit for it. >> what are your thoughts on this, on this nsa leak situation broadly, but especially this latest breaking news. they've threatened for a while that edward snowden is going to try to get out of the airport and try to find even temporary asylum in russia. now it's happened. that's not good for a u.s./russia diplomatic relations. >> sthere wasn't much they coul do about it. but the important thing about this in terms of international relationships is that the united states under the obama administration some time ago said they wanted to reboot relationships with russia, get things better. things have, in fact, gotten worse to the point now but this setback. that's the overall framework of what's happening. this does not look good for the obama administration. they'll have th
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Aug 5, 2013 2:00pm PDT
're following, w r we're getting revelations, asking what the internal revenue service is up to. now dana bash has learned another powerful agency, the federal election commission may fall under suspicion as well, intentional harassment, i should say, not international harassment. what kind of information. at least -- one investigator was discussing the status of a conservative group called the american future fund. now he says shortly after lerner was contacted, the irs sent a questionnaire to that very conservative group. it is still unclear if it is in his words benign or sin sters. -- sinister. we reached out to the irs for comment and they said the irs takes its obligation to protect confidential information very serious live but they also simply can't talk, wolf, about specific ongoing cases. >> these e-mails began talking about e-mails that they want to hand over to them in congress. >> late last week, republicans in congress were investigating this, they released a few e-mail exchanges that they obtained between learner at the irs and an attorney at the american future fund and also a
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Aug 7, 2013 11:00am PDT
to acknowledge members of congress who are here including susan davis, darrell issa and dana rohrabacher. now, i've got to tell you the truth. i've been looking forward to this visit because -- this is a little tricky to say this. but my family and i, we've got a special place in our hearts for the marine corps. now, part of it is because every day at the white house, we're surrounded by marines. in fact, we probably got some folks here who were at the white house who are now here at camp pendleton. see? i figured as much. then, of course, every time i need to -- kind of a hop, skip and a jump somewhere, every time i get on marine one, i rely on some of the best aviators in the world. i've seen your honor. i've seen your courage. i've seen your commitment. whether in protecting our diplomatic posts around the world or preparing to deploy to iraq or afghanistan or recovering from wounds received in battle. you know, a few years ago, you gave a great camp pendleton welcome to my wife, michelle. and i know it's not as exciting when i come to visit, but she says hi. i guess i'm kind of like that arm
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Aug 9, 2013 2:00pm PDT
wouldn't shut down because of a battle over health care. dana bash is watching what's going on, getting reaction to the news conference. is this really what the republicans are threatening to do, shut down the government to try to kill obama care? >> reporter: some are absolutely. i spoke with ted cruz, the republican senator for texas. he said before leaving for recess that he believes if th is the most critical, fundamental time for republicans to make good on their promise to appeal obama care by making this threat that the government is going to run out of money by the end of september and they're not going to vote on funding it unless obama care is defunded. and he's taunting fellow republicans saying they're scared, that's why they may not go his way. but they really are split. he's spending all of august with petitions and trying to push republican leaders to go forward on the strategy. but even the most fiscally conservative republicans are saying for many reasons this is not the best way to go. if you take obama care out of this, there are still questions about how republicans
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Aug 19, 2013 11:00am PDT
similar beginnings, or she could become dana plato. we are hoping she goes in the direction of drew and this is a step in the right direction. >> absolutely. the hope is there. john murray, thank you. >>> new jersey's governor getting high marks from people in that state. he's expected to cruise to another term, but might he have his sights set on the white house? something he said today, maybe, maybe, holds a clue. geoff: i'm the kind of guy who doesn't like being sold to. the last thing i want is to feel like someone is giving me a sales pitch, especially when it comes to my investments. you want a broker you can trust. a lot of guys at the other firms seemed more focused on selling than their clients. that's why i stopped working at my old brokerage and became a financial consultant with charles schwab. avo: what kind of financial consultant are you looking for? talk to us today. then you'll know how uncomfortable it can be. [ crickets chirping ] but did you know that the lack of saliva can also lead to tooth decay and bad breath? [ exhales deeply ] [ male announcer ] well there
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Aug 22, 2013 6:00am PDT
that ft. leavenworth will do that. it looks like dana coombs will have to sue the army or petition on medical grounds to get bradley manning transferred to a federal prison where perhaps he could get that therapy because due to army and d.o.d. regulations, ft. leaven swort not going to give that hormone therapy much less sex reassignment surgery. carol? >> if he did get this treatment, this hormone replacement therapy, who would pay for it? >> it would be the government. it would be the taxpayers. that's the way it is for any prisoner. basically, if you're a prisoner, the state or the government is responsible for your medical care because you can't fund your own medical care. there have been some rulings in the past where federal courts have struck down laws in which some states try to prohibit these taxpayer-funded hormone therapy regimens. again, some of the courts have struck those down saying you can't do that. and some prisoners have been receiving hormone therapy. sexual reassignment surgery is still relatively new. that also has been looked on somewhat favorably by some of
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